Guest Hunter, Nat Duncan

A self-described..

Guest Hunter, Nat Duncan

Guest Hunter, Nat Duncan

“serial entrepreneur”, and this week’s Guest Hunter, Nat Duncan.  This dynamic mother of two teenage kids left teaching 7 years ago to run a film locations company in Brisbane, Qld, Australia. Since then, she sees everything with new eyes and recently launched her latest project Precinkt. The company was started when Nat realized how much she adores her neighborhood, the inner suburb of West End. With all of the conveniences – the best coffee, delicious food, amazing people watching, fantastic shopping, and a great place to explore, there’s no reason to leave.  She then came to the realization that the whole world is made up of these little “precinkts” and why not create a place to highlight all of these wonderful little spots. Precinkt’s all about images and will be built by contributors from all over the world – people with passion and a great eye. Currently, it features only Australian precinkts but in April 2012 she’s heading to New York and looking to expand. Get ready!

This very cool, very driven woman has found that her specific skills with location scouting, precinkt.com research, working with young entrepreneurs and surrounding herself with curious people have enabled her to have an eye for the upcoming, the new, the cool and the quirky. For threetwentyeight, she shares some of her favorite Australian products. Items with superb quality, a strong ethos and of course so identifiable with the psyche there.  As Nat puts it “we are a long way from everyone else on this planet – so it’s allowed us to really celebrate our unique personality.  Our economy is super strong at the moment compared to many countries in the world and this has only enhanced our in-your-face pride and lust for life”.  So check out this inspiring lady’s picks from Down Under and get ready to share your precinkt on Precinkt!

 

HOME:

Varier Kneeling Chair

Varier Kneeling Chair

Varier Kneeling Chair

I do a lot of hours on the computer with film locations work and Precinkt and found I was getting “crunched up” in a normal chair. With this chair it switches on my core muscles because it has a slight rock.  It’s a little Pilates lesson while I work.

David Trubridge Light

David Trubridge Light

David Trubridge Light

I learned about this New Zealand designer reading “Dumbo Feather” (a mook –see below’s Great Things) and I immediately liked David’s philosophy of leaving minimal impact on the environment and celebrating the simplicity of nature.  My partner and I had to build the light (it comes in pieces that you snap together) but unfortunately we were drinking red wine as we built it so we got more and more confused as we drank.  We did it though, and we love it!

Hay Perspex Display boxes

Hay Perspex Display boxes

Hay Perspex Display boxes

I saw these in Inside Out magazine and contacted a local business to grab a few.  I’m mad on 70’s orange so they are perfect for displaying my little collection.

 

HERS:

Aesop Geranium Body Scrub

Aesop Geranium Body Scrub

Aesop

I love these products and am especially enjoying the hand wash (mandarin, rosemary and cedarwood), sage and zinc face cream and the geranium body scrub.  Aesop began in Melbourne but they now have signature outlets throughout the world.  I adore their stores. They are always fitted out in curious ways but with impeccable design and flair.

Dinosaur Designs

Dinosaur Designs

Dinosaur Designs

I don’t own a Dinosaur Designs piece but it’s on my bucket list.  I love their work in resin, the colours used and the tactile sexy feel to the pieces. Want! Another amazing Australian company killing it overseas.

Mazi

Mazi

Mazi

Mazi has made me discover my feminine side and celebrate it.  Their design philosophy is based on layering of slips and leggings, lace and gauze.  The clothes hug the body and make a woman’s body shapely and enticing. I always visit them when I’m in Melbourne but I’ve just discovered their online store. Gulp.

Elk Accessories

Elk Accessories

Elk Accessories

I just received this brooch for my birthday from my bro.  Love it!  Anything from Elk Accessories is a winner.  Lots of great gift stores in Australia stock them and they are always a standout.

 

HIs:

R.M. Williams Boots

R.M. Williams Boots

R.M. Williams Boots

My partner Pete wears RM’s and I think they are bloody sexy.  He really struts in them and I love that.  They are a real man’s-man boot.  R.M. Williams is an Australian brand which has become a love mark with Australians.  They speak of the outback, hard work, quality, and kickin’ butt.  Our ex-Prime Minister used to wear them on OS visits and gift them to world leaders.  I hope Obama wears his!

Lens Cuff

Lens Cuff

Lens Cuff 

I found this on my friend Annetta’s website The Gift Corner.  Because I’m into photography and love a bit of cuff action I think this would look super sexy on a young guy. Grrrrrr.

 

KIDS’:

Kids Books by Australian Authors
Kids Books by Australian Authors

Guess What

By Mem Fox (about a lovely old witch, great predictive text and amazing illustrations with an Australian flavour)

Not a Nibble

By Elizabeth Honey. (I used to read this to my kids, it’s based on the Australian past-time of camping by the beach, fishing and whale watching)

The Best Beak in Boonaroo Bay

By Narelle Oliver (beautiful linocut print illustrations, Australian birds, a great story of adaption)

Window

Window

Window

By Jeannie Baker (this lady is amazing! The illustrations are all collage and her stories always have an environmental theme. Masterpieces)

 

FOOD:

I have found the most amazing places to eat whilst researching Precinkt.  One of my favourite precinkts in Australia is Gertrude St in Fitzroy Melbourne. Here are some of my favourite photos of places I visited in Gertrude St.

Birdman Eating

Birdman Eating

Birdman Eating (best breakfast)

Gertrude St Enoteca

Gertrude St Enoteca

Gertrude St Enoteca (it’s a wine bar but look at their baked goods on the counter!)

Arcadia

Arcadia

Arcadia (there are lots of amazing cafes here, but I loved these little morsels in Arcadia)

Fatto a Mano

Fatto a Mano

Fatto a Mano (this is the best bakery!)

Workers Club

Workers Club

Workers Club (It’s a bit of an Aussie tradition to go to the Pub and have Beer’n’Chips – this place does it well)

 

GREAT THINGS:

Frankie Magazine & Dumbo Feather

Frankie Magazine & Dumbo Feather

Frankie Magazine

This has a huge following in Australia.  They are very much everything women’s magazines are not.  The content is very honest, organic, hipster, retro, and quirky.  I just inhale this magazine when it arrives.

Dumbo Feather

I’d call this a Mook.  It features four or five amazing people in each issue and always in interview style.  The subjects are usually not “famous” for famous-sake but more because they are admirable people with interesting back stories.  It’s a quirky publication that never ceases to inspire me.

Pocket Hipster
Pocket Hipster

Pocket Hipster App

I have a fascination with the Hipster culture.  I try to take sneaky photos of them when I’m out (a little like bird-watching).  I secretly love Hipsters, especially when I spot an extreme version.  This phone app has been developed by a Brisbane mob and I love how tongue-in-cheek it is but still offers a great selection of music to explore.

Instagram
Instagram

Instagram App

Ok, I’m totally addicted. Instagram is a photo sharing application.  You can apply cool filters to your photos.  Checking my Instagram feed and posting has become as routine as my Facebook and teeth brushing routine.  Instagram has connected me with other visual learners and I love that you can post to Facebook and Twitter too.

Instagram @precinkt

Instagram @precinkt

Instagram @precinkt
Instagram @precinkt
Photos: Nat Duncan, Varier Kneeling Chair, David Trubridge Light, Hay Perplex Display Boxes, Aesop, Dinosaur Designs, Mazi, R.M. Williams Boots, Lens Cuff (the gift corner), kids’ books, kids’ books, Frankie Magazine, Pocket Hipster, Instagram App, Instragram @precinkt, Instragram @precinkt

9 responses to “Guest Hunter, Nat Duncan

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  2. Nat is amazing, Precinkt is amazing! What a fantastic post…
    I feel blessed to call this woman my friend.

  3. i must be a bit of a voyeur because i love looking into creative people’s houses to see how they decorate their own spaces. nat you have a great style and i loved reading your post. i might just go out and find an old lens of mine to make my own lens cuff now. i think they’d look cool on chics, too ;p

  4. I’m moving to melbourne just for fatto a mano

    thanks nat for all the cool links!

  5. Awesome work nat! Congrats!

  6. I’m constantly surprised by your energy and the breadth of your interests, Nat. I wonder if a global iced coffee challenge might be in the works?

  7. Nat you are a crazy, cool chick. What an inspiration!

  8. Fantastic, Nat! I have the same Elk tree brooch 🙂 Its a link to Teak Yew, without wearing a logo.

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